Pro Athlete Factories: Michigan, OSU Hold Top Spots

By Chris Lauderback on February 11, 2008 at 1:00 pm

The rivalry continues.

According to a recent article at, Michigan and Ohio State rank #1 and 2 in number of current professional athletes. The Wolverines currently boast 68 pros while the Buckeyes check in with 62. The slight edge is due in large part to the 21 NHL players that have passed through Ann Arbor, the best total among all schools.

Of course, the Buckeyes hold the edge in producing NFL talent, placing second overall with 48 active players with Michigan in fifth place at 41 players.

Specifically, the count is of players in the 4 major pro sports plus MLS, for whatever reason.

Top 5 Schools - Total Pro Athletes

  1. Michigan - 68
  2. Ohio State - 62
  3. Miami - 60
  4. UCLA - 59
  5. FSU/ND - 51